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WD buys cloud storage organisation Upthere

WD HAS announced a acquisition of cloud services association UpThere, after heading its last appropriation turn in Jul final year.

The association aims for it to be a opposition to a likes of Google Drive and Dropbox for consumers who wish a singular indicate to store photos, song and suchlike.

“Upthere is delivering on a goal to renovate a personal storage market, and we share their concentration on providing consumers some-more abounding and suggestive practice with their data,” pronounced Jim Welsh, comparison clamp boss and ubiquitous manager of Client Solutions during Western Digital.

“I’m gratified to have Upthere CEO Chris Bourdon join a group as a vital leader. His endless program imagination will assistance accelerate a user knowledge and cloud services imperatives opposite all aspects of a Client Solutions business.”

Upthere is distant from being WDs usually try to moment a consumer cloud storage market. Its MyCloud and MyBook World hardware both have entrance to WD MyCloud and Arkeia behind adult facilities.

That said, WD has traditionally been about formulating your possess network-attached storage, so this pierce into a cloud-based resolution does emphasize a change in instruction – or during slightest synergy between off-premise and on-premise archiving.

Bourdon added: “The Upthere group is vehement to join Western Digital, with whom we share a longstanding attribute and joining to significantly allege a consumer knowledge by cloud-based solutions.

“It is transparent that Western Digital recognises a good record and products we have grown and this transaction is a covenant to a industrious team. we am assured that, together, we will continue to innovate cloud-based services with a intensity to change how consumers and businesses create, conduct and keep their critical data.”

Upthere describes itself as “platform agnostic” and is now accessible for Windows, iOS, Mac OS and Android as good as around a web interface.

Elsewhere in a business, a scuffle continues between WD and Toshiba, with a tenure of the latter’s semiconductor multiplication during stake. The companies already co-own a phony plant in Japan, that is during a centre of a spat.

No financial sum have been expelled for a UpThere deal, nonetheless it pulled in $77m in a final appropriation round, with WD chipping in a vast cube of that. µ

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